A new month!  A birthday month!  How exciting is it?  I am looking forward to this month mainly because of the time off I will have.  Tomorrow is an Institute Day, Tuesday is a holiday for Election Day (first time ever), and the following Tuesday are parent/teacher conferences.  I know two of those days are working days but at least I don’t have to prepare lessons or teach.

I finished October with my highest month this year.  I had a feeling but wasn’t sure if it was going to happen.  On Friday I talked to my coach about it and went for it.  I also donated a little bit more than that to the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation in honor of my sister and of course everyone that has been affected by breast cancer.    

My two great runs were on Tuesday and Thursday.  Tuesday’s workout was 4×2:00 intervals at 10:00 pace with 90 seconds easy/recovery.  Nailed it!

I was more nervous for Thursday’s workout because I had never done that one before.  It was a progressive run of 3 miles (target paces were 12:15/11:30/10:45).  I had never run 3 miles without stopping.  Honestly, I did not think I could do it and was prepared to make a few stops along the way.  I didn’t.  Remember, I am not fast at all but seeing these numbers made me very happy.  I was shocked too!

My coach has already uploaded my workouts for this week and yes I am excited about them.  I will be doing some easy runs and the two workouts mentioned above but with some slight modifications (another interval and a half mile cool down). 

Remember how last week I mentioned that I tried to sign up for Target’s Shipt program for $49?  Well, after waiting and chatting with various people, I did manage to sign up.  Right now I have the 4 week free trial and at the end of the 4 weeks I will be charged $99.  I was told to contact Target at the end of the trial period and after agreeing to pay the $99 annual fee, I will be given a refund.  Surely the easiest thing would have been to just let me sign up now for $49, but I am not going to make a big deal about it.  

I am reading this book and am liking it.  Has anyone else read it?

I remember as I child my mother would make an altar, but I didn’t really understand the reason.  I confess that everything made sense after seeing the movie “Coco”.  After my father died in 1991 and her parents in 1992, my mother would spend the Winter in Mexico.  She would leave mid October and return in the Spring.  She did not go to Mexico last year because she can’t travel alone after her stroke.  This year she couldn’t go anyway.  She made an altar at home and is happy about it.  I am happy she is happy.

By the way, I have seen people post on Facebook “Feliz Día de los Muertos” (Happy Day of the Dead).  Umm, not sure how I feel about that.  I guess in English is does sound weird.  Oh well, I should just ignore it, right?  There are definitely bigger problems out there.

Another great week for running.  Pleased with my runs and it makes me excited for when I can run a real race and see how I do.

Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.

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32 Comments on Weekly Run Down: Week #5 of training for a 5k and 103.71 miles

  1. Awesome work on that progressive Zenaida! That must have felt great to nail that. Your coach gives you great workouts!

    Enjoy your days ‘off’ from regular teaching. How interesting to get election day off this year!

    • Thanks, Jessie! I agree that he gives me great workouts. I am happy to be working wit him.

      I am not complaining but surprised to be off tomorrow. We always have parent/teacher conferences on Election Day.

  2. Hooray for a great month of miles. So proud of you and glad you made a donation to Lynn Sage. What a great organization.

    Thank you for sharing about Dia de Los Muertos. I think people love the skulls; I’m not so sure they understand it’s meaning!

  3. Awesome job on your 100+ mile month in October! I think it’s awesome that you have a holiday on Tuesday for Election Day. I wish more schools/companies would do this, especially in the states that don’t offer early in-person voting.

  4. Glad you had some good runs and that you’re looking forward to your workouts this week! Hopefully this will be a good week at work too with a little break from teaching and planning.

  5. Great month of running, and happy birthday month to us! We just watched Coco when it was on tv a few weeks ago. I really enjoyed it. 🙂 I understand how you feel about the greeting, but it’s hard to think of alternatives.

  6. Your streak is still going strong, great job! It’s nice you get Tuesday off for Election Day. I was really surprised to hear that the Iowa football team gets the day off from practice (I assume other teams do as well?).

  7. Great month of running for you and happy birthday month! I just realized the other day my younger daughter is off for election day. It’d be nice to do something fun, but what??
    Day of the Dead is a very nice Hispanic holiday. I was in Portugal for it one year and it was really lovely how people honored those who’d passed away.

    • I just don’t want to deal with schoolwork. I am hoping today I get time to finish what I have to do so as not to do it tomorrow. I want to relax by reading and watching TV.

      I would love to go to Mexico for Day of the Dead. I am sure it will be an amazing experience!

  8. Your running is awesome! Congratulations on all your positive strides!

    I think the concept behind Day of the Dead is very beautiful. I haven’t see Coco, although I have seen the Book of Life. Death is so difficult, and I think anything that makes it easier is welcome.

  9. I wish Election Day was guaranteed off for all workers! That’s cool that you can get the day off. I’m sure my company would too if we needed it but I already voted so no need this year.

    Have you tried Instacart? I use them instead of Shipt. I didn’t like the membership fee Shipt charged. Instacart is free, you just pay a little more per item than the actual grocery store prices so it’s kind of built into the cost of the products. But no monthly or yearly membership fees and you can use it when you need it and don’t have to use it when you don’t.

  10. You are crushing it. I rarely run a 5k without walking.

    Hope you have a great month.

    Congrats on 100 miles. I had a good month but walk more than run these days.

  11. Your progress is great! I love to hear you are excited about getting new workouts from your coach. That’s the best! I just realized I get an extra day off next week for Veterans day. I used to swap days to make sure I got 3 days of work in, but lately I’m just slacking and putting 2 days in 🙂

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